HURST -- Aging aquatic complexes in Hurst will get a much-needed makeover.City Council members recently approved spending $825,000 for Dunaway Associates of Fort Worth to design the replacement and renovation projects at the Chisholm and Central aquatic centers, which could begin as early as fall 2014."We're looking at about $7 million to replace Chisholm and about $3 million to renovate Central," said Deputy City Manager Allan Heindel. "That should give us another 20 to 30 years of good use."Funding will come from the city's half-cent sales tax for community services.The 6-acre Chisholm center, which is 17 years old, and the 3-acre Central center, which is 18 years old, are popular summer destinations -- along with water parks in Bedford, Keller and North Richland Hills -- for thousands of people in Northeast Tarrant County.Over the years, Hurst has spent a lot of money trying to keep both centers up and running, "and we've gotten to the point where we need to stop the Band-Aid approach and do a more serious upgrade of the facilities," Councilman Larry Kitchens said. "We need to fix the problems so we don't have to spend money year after year just getting us through to the next year."That's not to say the centers aren't ready for another summer, said Recreation Manager Kristie Weaver."Everything's ready to go now," she said. "We are good for this season and will be in the water in two weeks."But what's good this summer can't hold a candle to what's coming, Weaver said."Chisholm will be completely different from what it is now," she said. "We'll keep the most popular amenities and add new ones. But it still will have that family feel to it, rather than being like a big water park."The deep area with two diving boards will survive the redesign, but Heindel said Chisholm's six competition lap lanes won't.A pool with 3- to 4-foot depths will accommodate swimming lessons. Something new will delight swimmers of all ages, Heindel said."In Chisholm, the main thing is we'll add a lazy river, which is extremely popular," he said. "We'll add a new pavilion by the zero-depth area for people to rent. The design also should include a brand new playground structure in the water that has more of the features found in modern playgrounds. The current ones were designed in '94 and '95. The new ones have more spray features and bucket dumps."More "sprayground" features and new slides will be added to Central, too, Heindel said. He added that the designs haven't been set in stone."The council has looked at concepts," he said. "We have about a year in the design phase. We'll sell the certificates of obligation bonds in 2014 and 2015 for the construction. It will all be funded from the half-cent sales tax for community services."Construction at Chisholm could start in October of 2014, Heindel said."That one's deteriorating faster because of higher usage," he said. "We're hoping to finish in nine months, opening in June 2015."Central's face lift could begin in September 2015 or sooner, Heindel said."We're getting indications that if we do them both together there will be considerable cost savings," he said. "So there's a possibility that they'll both be finished in 2015."Terry Evans, 817-390-7620Twitter: @fwstevans
Northeast Tarrant water parks
Bedford Splash Aquatics Center, 2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway (Bedford Boys Ranch)
Opens May 24 for season-pass holders and then daily on May 25.
Hours, costs: bedfordsplash.com
Euless Aquatics Center, 300 W. Midway Drive (Euless Family Center)
The grand opening of the aquatics center is at 10 a.m. May 25. It will remain open Memorial Day weekend (through May 27) and then daily on June 1.
Hours, costs: 817-685-1666
Chisholm Aquatics Center, 2200 Norwood Drive
Central Aquatics Center, 715 Mary Drive
Both facilities will be open for Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) and then daily on June 1.
Hours, costs: ci.hurst.tx.us (click on Residents, then Recreation)
The Keller Pointe, 405 Rufe Snow Drive
The outdoor pool and water park opens Memorial Day weekend (May 25-27) and then daily on June 1.
Hours, costs: cityofkeller.com (click on Visit & Play, then The Keller Pointe)
North Richland Hills
NRH20, 9001 Boulevard 26
Opens May 18 for the summer (closed May 20 and 22).
Hours, costs: nrh2o.com